5 Things 2015


Four years ago we started this tradition. We asked friends to name five things they are loving or are thankful for right now. Not over spiritual or huge picture, but what are the little things that are just really fun. Foods, stores, products, people, movies, songs, ideas, games, smells, whatever. After asking people I wait a few days and post the answers of those who respond in completely random order. Well, here the answers are.

5 Things 2012 

5 Things 2013

5 Things 2014


Katie Thomas
  1. Good books
  2. Good food
  3. Good friends
  4. An amazing church family
  5. A chance to get a good education (even if I don’t appreciate it all of the time!)
Carolyn Conrad
  1. Hamilton the musical (and soundtrack)
  2. Drybar blowouts
  3. Kindle
  4. Task rabbit “rent a ???”
  5. The Canon camera indefinitely on loan from Laura & Brian
Danielle Fisher
  1. All things Christmas, and my first ever real Christmas tree!
  2. Peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses in the middle- YUM.
  3. Hot chocolate every evening with Kennedy. We have dessert…every. night. Sometimes it’s in the form of cereal.
  4. Buying family’s Christmas gifts.
  5. Singing Christmas hymns in church 🙂 (ahem, Brian)
Heidi Hilton 
  1. Damian, best hubby in the world 🙂
  2. My kiddos and family time
  3. Dancing- even though it hurts my body more and more, I think I love it more and more
  4. The best friends in the world 🙂
  5. Great coffee and coffee shops!!
  6. A good red wine
  7. The life God has given me
Danielle Catudal 
  1. Having Joe home for Christmas this year
  2. The view of the Pacific Ocean on my way to the grocery store
  3. Costco & Trader Joes
  4. Texts from far away friends
  5. Rain
Emily Preston
  1. Hale Library (it’s a love hate relationship)
  2. Delivery Pizza
  3. New friends
  4. Sleeping in
  5. Coffee
Andrew Campbell
  1. Being with my wife for Christmas
  2. Manhattan, KS’ wide variety of extraordinary and delicious places to get a bite to eat or a cup of coffee
  3. Warm slippers and a cozy leather chair on a cold evening
  4. Whoever invented automobile heaters (the history nerd in me had to look it up – evidently the initial idea and implementation is credited to Margaret Wilcox in 1893)
  5. Poncho liners… for non-military folk, you are missing out on one of the greatest inventions the military has produced. It is basically the coziest, warmest blanket EVER.
Annie Prins
  1. The grace of God
  2. Alpha Delta Pi
  3. Pizza Shuttle
  4. Cookie bakes
  5. My down comforter


Joe Catudal 

  1. Our Kid’s Jokes (Why did the deer…eat…the deer!)
  2. Biking to Work
  3. Pandemic Legacy
  4. The Oh Hellos
  5. Christmas Break and Weekends Off


Pat Wyatt

  1. I love texting.
  2. I love that my Christmas cactus is blooming!
  3. I love my faithful blue 2007 Chevy Cobalt, still drives like a new car.
  4. I love that I’m old enough to have 4 great-grandchildren (with #5 on the way in March!), but young enough to enjoy and babysit them.
  5. I am still in mourning for Blue Bell Ice Cream.


Eric Tippin 

  1. A Christian, strong, resilient, giving wife, a.k.a Heather Tippin.
  2. The typewriter—its clack and its punch on the paper.
  3. The rich spice and warmth of mulled wine
  4. Slow rivers and old bridges over slow rivers
  5. The heroic, poetic, true myth of the incarnation—the best fairy tale ever told, because it happens to be true


Hannah Campbell 

  1. Andrew Campbell. He is my favorite of all the humans.
  2. Sky-gazing: I love looking at different clouds and colors and stars!
  3. Soap. Especially homemade soap that smells amazing or this soap.
  4. My favorite Christmas music, like Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God cd, or Nat King Cole on our record player.
  5. Hobby Lobby (but not their overly-jazzy Christian music – it could be used as a torture device!)


Maggie Dean

  1. French 75 cocktail
  2. Pizza. I sound like a child, but I mean PIZZA. I’m especially into the combination of pepperoni and pineapple.
  3. My Vitamix. To blend all the super foods into a magical drink to help negate the effects of 1 and 2.
  4. Spotify. Making my long runs and speed work go by faster since 2015.
  5. The way Ruby says Ruby. “Wooooobeee” It’s a new trick and it is amazing because…child prodigy.
  6. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. Builds color nicely, stays on all day. You’re welcome.


Marlon Johnston

  1. Pictures of family I don’t see regularly
  2. My dog meeting me when I get home
  3. Bacon cheese fries at movies
  4. My wife’s hair
  5. Saying/singing the Apostles’ Creed out loud


Mich Hotz

  1. The Brothers and Sisters that I have in the Church. (Sounds cheesy, but these are the people I hang out with)
  2. Sleep, I could sleep for the rest of my life and consider it a life well spent.
  3. Books, books, books. They’re how I learn, how I relax, how I travel from the comfort of my couch, and sometimes how I meet people in the real world.
  4. Blankets, jackets, gloves, scarfs, boots, vests, etc. If it keeps me warm, cozy, and covered I like it.
  5. THE MIGHTY AND POWERFUL INTERTUBERWEBERNETS. (It’s like one enormous, crazy, stringy, person filled book


Laura Hough

  1. Starbucks Via White Chocolate Mocha. I’ve never been a huge instant coffee fan, until this stuff!
  2. Any website with free shipping.
  3. Small town living. We grew up in Houston (population 2 million), so Manhattan, KS (population 50,000) is like the polar opposite. I can get anywhere door to door in 10 minutes, no traffic ever, and I’ll probably see someone I know when I get there!
  4. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish. Gel polish without needing a light to set it. It stays on for reals a week!
  5. Urban decay Naked2 Eye Shadow: Scott and Laura got this for me for Christmas last year. It’s the eye shadow to end all eye shadows.
  6. Spin class. And gym friends.
  7. Noonday Collection. Partnering with people in vulnerable communities around the world to empower women, create jobs and keep families together.
  8. Anything monogrammed. That’s the Texas roots in me.
  9. Costco Photo Center. And that you can order online without having a membership! Their prints are just better than everyone else’s. It’s just a fact!


Chris Earnshaw

  1. Cycling
  2. Hats for obvious reasons
  3. Malcolm Gladwell
  4. Cheap food
  5. Soft shirts


Beckham Hough

  1. Aiden – Cause he’s my friend.
  2. Class Auctions – Cause you get to buy stuff, I got a lizard for $6.
  3. Minecraft – The worlds I get to build are awesome.
  4. Legos – Fun to build with and I can make cool contraptions.
  5. Astros – Cause they did really good this year!


Christine Durrett 

  1. The game Pandemic
  2. Asparagus fries at Bourbon and Baker
  3. Getting back to Sunday morning church, with stained glass windows!
  4. The general excitement level in my house as we count down, not to Christmas, but to the new Star Wars movie release
  5. In a world of increasing digitization, there is something irreplaceable about books, especially really old dusty ones from some forgotten corner of the library.


Sadie Piper Hough

  1. Chick-fil-a – Cause it’s the best restaurant ever!
  2. Astros – Cause they’re the best team ever!
  3. Mr. Perez – Cause he’s the best teacher ever!
  4. Daisy, Naomi, Avery and Cale – Cause they’re the best friends ever!
  5. Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street – Cause it’s the best show ever!


George Deines

  1. First-ever trip to Disneyland with my wife
  2. Watching 80s and 90s vintage TV shows
  3. Water park trips with my wife and boys
  4. Companion Pass on Southwest Airlines
  5. Two-Day trip to Manhattan, KS to see my great friends


Berkley Hough

  1. Dad – Cause you’re my dad
  2. My Family – Cause they love me.
  3. Milk Shake – Ahhh because it has milk and ice cream in it.
  4. This New Baby Doll – I like that she’s a baby doll.
  5. Doc McStuffins – She’s a doctor for helping toys.


Chloe Shearon 

  1. The love everyone here in Manhattan has shown me
  2. A good book and a hot mug of tea, light on the sugar, with a touch of milk.
  3. My lovely roommate!
  4. Strawberry limeades and Sonic mozzarella sticks – particularly when shared with friends.
  5. The 10 years I had with my ol’ fat bulldog. He was a Good Boy.


Brian Hough

  1. Coffee – I’m typically a tea drinker, but lately I’ve really enjoyed the smell and taste of java in various forms.
  2. Graphic & PixelmatorGraphic a vector app for Mac and iPad. Pixelmator is a raster editor like photoshop. My two forms of relaxing therapy are long bicycle rides and making logos/graphics (99% that never see the light of day).
  3. Paper Bible – I love the convenience and weight of a digital Bible, but I’ve found there is something more substantial, more engaging about a paper Bible. I even bought a Reformation Study Bible recently, which is huge, but it’s been such a great move for my discipleship.
  4. Kindle Voyage– I know it’s seems hypocritical to read books on kindle and the Bible on paper. But truth is a I love the kindle for reading most things. Battery last forever, glows at night and yet no blue light to keep me awake at night (learned that from Hannah’s post). I read more now that I own a kindle.
  5. Astros – I miss them in the winter. I miss the rhythm of daily games, laura falling asleep to Alan Ashby’s commentary, rookies getting a shot at their dream, karate chop celebrations, Hank Conger robot dancing, George Springer just dancing, catches on Tal’s Hill, measuring everything on the planet in Altuves. Baseball and Summer I love and miss during this cloudy months.
  6. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner MarkersAmazon and Target sell these great markers for writing in a Bible with.
  7. Soccer – I had gotten out of soccer and this fall I’ve found myself enjoying watching again. The New York Cosmos, Houston Dynamo, Club America in Mexico and Manchester United in England.
  8. Simple Church – There is something restful about not having a bunch of church programs. Which is weird cause most program in an of himself can be great. But to know we gather to worship God on Sunday, Do a book study and meet in small groups twice a month is refreshing cause it leaves more margin in life to know our neighbors and to be apart of the wider community we live and to be present more often to disciple our own children. Simplicity in ministry is sustainable for everyone involved and I love that.
  9. The Habanero Sauce at Taco Lucha  It’s one of the rare instances I want to steal something since it can’t be purchased. I’ve tried to replicate it at home and failed miserably. If ever a hot sauce should be bottled, it’s this sauce.
  10. Ting – We followed the Durrett’s and switched from Sprint to Ting for our phone service. Bill went from $120 a month for two phones to $38 for two phones. Service is great, uses my previous phone so no new purchases. We only pay for what we actually use which isn’t that much since we’re in Wifi zones (home, coffee shops, etc) most of the time.


Carmen Creecy 

  1. Isaiah 6.  And 11.
  2. Sleeping in on Saturdays with my husband.
  3. Eating breakfast with my grandson five days a week. And his good bye hugs and kisses.
  4. Seeing younger sisters in Christ become older sisters ministering to they younger sisters in ways that bless me beyond words.
  5. Fleece lined tights.
  6. Boots and boot season.
  7. Thanksgiving 2015 when no time had passed.


Sam Basham

  1. The 2015 Commissioner’s Trophy
  2. Star Wars – All of them
  3. People around me who know more than I do.
  4. The Okies
  5. Music


Jennifer Thomas 

  1. I still like Cranberry Limeades!
  2. Seeing Cole shoot his first deer with a bow
  3. Bean saying “Mom” for no particular reason
  4. Phone calls & visits from Katie
  5. The kids harassing me that Daisy is the “favorite” child


Jon Dunning

  1. Podcasts: Freshair, Here’s the Thing, This American Life
  2. Linear Trail Bike Rides with my son
  3. Local Coffee Shops: Radinas, Blue Stem, Arrow
  4. Netflix Shows: Gotham and House, M.D.
  5. Books: A Faith to Live By and The Lord of the Rings


Robbie Hotz

  1. PJs
  2. Libraries
  3. Board games
  4. Honest people
  5. Cranberry sierra mist


Kennedy Fisher 

  1. My Danielle
  2. Little boy on the way
  3. Family
  4. Exercise
  5. Flying


Mike Benoit 

  1. A warm cup of flavorful coffee
  2. Feeling exhausted after a hard workout
  3. Rewatching the original Star Wars trilogy
  4. My wife’s desserts
  5. Catching up with old friends


Kristin Benoit 

  1. Mexican food (Fuzzy’s queso)
  2. Videos of my new niece puppy (#oakleymcgregs on Instagram)
  3. Hearing Baby Benoit’s heartbeat
  4. Getting to see our families for Christmas!
  5. Mike defrosting my car for on cold mornings before he goes to work

Baby Benoit

  1. Mama eating Mexican or bagels
  2. Sleep, sleep, sleep…
  3. Mama wearing comfortable clothing for me to grow
  4. Daddy talking to me
  5. All things salty


Rico Hotz 

  1. I better put my family at number one or there’s going to be a lynching.
  2. Feminism (always entertaining when I’m down) [take it up with Robbie, not Brian]
  3. Hunting laws and restrictions #LetBambiLive!
  4. Waking up from a nap when my roommate comes home from class and wants to play black ops and watch Longmire (The Perfect day)
  5. Can I put Donald Trump or is that politically incorrect?


Scott Creecy 

  1. Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour
  2. My incredible wife
  3. My awesome Grandson, Jameson- I love being a huge part of raising him!
  4. My new job, and the team God has given me!
  5. Carmen’s cooking! I am really looking forward to one of my favorite Christmas traditions on Christmas day- PRIME RIB!!!


Crazies as a unit (things  our kids love collectively) 

  1. Gordimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street: Amazon Prime show. They all love this one!
  2. These color by number books using these Pentel markers
  3. Sleeping Queens card game- fun, simple card game we can play as a family!
  4. Mad Libs! It’s a blast from the past for me, and a great way to teach them parts of speech! (we have had to ax “potty words” even if they are the correct part of speech!!)
  5. FlashLight Friends. Honestly, I hated these when we first got them, a light in a kids hand in bed? That sounds like a bad idea…. Now we couldn’t live without them. They are essential to them reading in bed, and not forgetting to turn off a flashlight or reading light. These automatically turn off after 10 minutes! And they are bigger than a flashlight so you can’t lose them as easily!



5 Things 2014

5 Things 2014

Three years ago we started this tradition. We asked friends (some went to spam this year so check) to name five things they are loving or are thankful for right now. Not over spiritual or huge picture, but what are the little things that are just really fun. Foods, stores, products, people, movies, songs, ideas, games, smells, whatever. After asking people I wait a few days and post the answers of those who respond by blood type followed by cholesterol levels high to low. Actually, it’s completely random. (I used email addresses I have for people and I heard some went to spam folder this year, so you likely were included in this, if you email I’ll still add your answers in). Well, here the answers are.

5 Things 2012 

5 Things 2013

Eric Tippin

  1. Dark, cold, quiet mornings
  2. The assurance of pardon every week at church
  3. Yeast (its function in bread and beer)
  4. Sufjan Stevens’ version of “How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee”
  5. Bing Crosby’s sweet, mellifluous voice.


Berkley Hough

  1. Playing Family (“but no one ever wants to play it with me”)
  2. Mac & Cheese
  3. Lady Bugs
  4. Doc McStuffins
  5. Dillons (cause I can ride on the little carts)


Jennifer Thomas

  1. Visits with Katie
  2. Sonic’s Cranberry Limeades
  3. Watching Kelly & Cole in their sporting endeavors
  4. Playing with little Stevie & Teddy
  5. Sitting on the patio watching storms roll in


Danielle Fisher

  1. A bread machine
  2. The movie- “People Will Talk”
  3. Christmas lights & smells
  4. The post office workers in Manhattan, KS, who all seem really happy, which is unusual.
  5. The new Taylor Swift CD- especially the song “Bad Blood”.


Jenny Preston

  1. My 20 minutes of quiet time at 5:30 am with coffee and complete quiet.
  2. 13 adorable Kindergarteners. They get cuter each day. They make me laugh!
  3. When Mike says, “Let’s go out to dinner.”
  4. When a long run is DONE!
  5. My family!!!


Annie Prins

  1. Ellen
  2. Mary
  3. Bookie
  4. Emily
  5. Cookie butter (It’s from trader joes and it’s amazing!!!)


Kristin Benoit

  1. Double iced coffee with a little bit of Irish Creme syrup and a little bit of whole milk from Radina’s (on the hill).
  2. Getting to talk to my husband almost every day.
  3. The body of Christ at MPC. I am so thankful.
  4. Sally’s Baking Addiction and bonding with my twin sister through baking.
  5. Addressing envelopes.
  6. Clean, well-written TV shows like White Collar (USA) and Newsroom (HBO).
  7. Surprises – text messages, phone calls, visits, and unexpected hugs.


Sadie Piper Hough

  1. Snow
  2. Puzzles
  3. Razor Scooter
  4. Iced Coffee
  5. Christmas Tree
  6. My Family
  7. Chicken Nuggets & Mac & Cheese
  8. Lucy, Daisy & Aidan


Jason Rodriguez

  1. I am thankful for my longest remaining friendship with Hannah in Manhattan.
  2. I am thankful for my renewed friendship with Brandon.
  3. I am thankful for my pen, for where would my ideas flow onto.
  4. I am thankful for my fireplace, for providing a warm blanket for my soul.
  5. I am thankful for youtube, by providing many hours of laughter!


Brookie Reymond

  1. Christmas socks
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Seat warmers
  4. Online shopping
  5. Netflix


Robbie Hotz

  1. My blanket
  2. Saying things at the same time as people (We call this Jinx)
  3. Friends that stand by me
  4. My ability to think and self reflect
  5. Cherry cheesecake concretes


Maggie Dean

  1. Almond champagne (keeping it real)
  2. Yogurt melts. They make Ruby happy, so they make me happy.
  3. GRIT – it’s a crazy exercise class that makes me feel like I am going to vomit. But in a good way.
  4. Lululemon Studio Pants aka my uniform
  5. Boom 92. A new classic hip hop station in Houston. All the songs from college. It’s too legit to quit. Listen Here
  6. Watching JJ Watt play. I know that’s 6, but seriously. Just watch him play.


Tony Felich

  1. Brian telling me in Freddy T’s, “Basically, everything you said, was right”.
  2. 153-inch Buck Harvest with bow, on camera
  3. Andy Mineo/Trip Lee/Hip Hop connection with Boys
  4. Terry Pegula (Owner of Buffalo Sabres & Bills)
  5. Peurto Vallarta with Shari last Spring


Brian Hough

  1. Baseball – I’ve grown to love the ritual of checking how the Astros did each day, the relaxing lack of a clock and the history of this game.
  2. Kindle Voyage – It’s an ebook read that is readable in dark, long battery, no distractions from tablet/phone notifications, can check out digital books from library, it’s great.
  3. Paris Tea – It’s a little girlie, but it’s a great tasting black tea from Harney’s Tea. (also anything from David’s Tea)
  4. ManhattanPres – God has continued to bring amazing people who make up the body of Manhattan Presbyterian Church. We are so incredibly blessed.
  5. Panera Egg & Cheese on Ciabatta. Simple and tasty breakfast item.
  6. ‘47 Brand Knit Hat – I have a Houston Rockets Throwback one, so warm with the cold weather we have here.
  7. NBA – I would say I’m a real fan, but it’s been a great substitute for no baseball in the winter.
  8. Laura’s Gringo Chili – Great cold weather white chili.
  9. Kindle – Love being able to carry so many books and read in the dark without distraction of facebook notifications or email. I’ve loved getting updates a few chapters at a time from Eric Tippin as he writes Sylvan.
  10. After Dinner Mint Call Hall Ice Cream – It’s like an Andes Mint in ice cream form.
  11. Friends – It’s been fun to make some really great friends this past year.
  12. Financial & Prayer Supporters – We couldn’t be doing what we’re doing apart from people who are giving to help get this Church Plant off the ground.


Katie Thomas

  1. Christmas break
  2. RUF
  3. MPC
  4. Panera
  5. Warm coats (specifically carhartts)


Beckham Hough

  1. Friends (Tarik & Aidan & Josh)
  2. Minecraft, Smash Bros & MarioKart 8
  3. Potato Soup
  4. Harry Potter Books
  5. Razor Scooter

Carolyn Conrad

  1. LA weather
  2. Travel budgets
  3. Belly laugh moments
  4. Paint-box nails (nail salon in Soho, NYC)
  5. Jo Malone green tomato leaf candle


Jenny Rackley

  1. My new remodeled kitchen my husband built
  2. Date nights
  3. Watching Good Mythical Morning with my kids
  4. Drinking coffee, but especially with friends
  5. Flowers and candles


Makenna Miller

  1. My sister
  2. My school
  3. My faith
  4. My dog
  5. My freedom


Laura Hough

  1. Hand me downs. Love them. For kids, for me, for anything! We have some very generous people in our lives who bless us in this way. It makes me incredibly happy to get hand me downs!!
  2. The people who are Manhattan Pres: Really, God could not have given us a cooler group of people to be on this adventure with.
  3. Local restaurants and businesses: I have a new appreciation for the relationships and services these provide.
  4. The first few hours of the day when I’m awake…and no one else is!
  5. Felt tip pens.
  6. Gloves: Realized that’s the key to staying warm in Kansas winters.
  7. My Kindle. I got Brian’s hand me down one (again with the hand me down love!) and it makes me read more!
  8. The fun stage our kids are in right now!
  9. White Collar and Suits TV shows. Good clean fun.
  10. The library, and librarians.


Greg Melton

  1. Texas Children’s hospital.
  2. The people of the deaf church we now attend/help lead.
  3. Torchy’s Tacos opening in College Station.
  4. Neighborhood kids our boys can play with.
  5. The time of day that Alissa and I finally lay down in bed together.


George Deines

  1. My wife and kids
  2. Parks with my boys
  3. Twitter
  4. Mediterranean Food
  5. Cooking desserts


Alexia Machina

  1. Quaker oats steel cut 3 min oatmeal
  2. Pandora-celtic woman (holiday) radio
  3. Legos
  4. Leftovers
  5. Chronicles of Narnia audio books
  6. Rich home for Christmas, our new house, Snow, new friends, new church, Christmas time off, and getting the tree set up and decorated amid boxes and chaos.


Heidi Hilton

  1. My family
  2. Our cozy house even though it is “unfinished”
  3. Yummy coffee
  4. The Houghs
  5. Scarves of every color!! I love scarves 🙂


Christina Albrecht

  1. My sweet, precious, darling baby girls & good, strong coffee 😉
  2. Love, love, love Amikole Organic Shea Baby Butter, Lavender Butter & Hair Butter (www.sheabutter.net)
  3. So incredibly grateful beyond words for our new house & neighborhood.
  4. Delicious Indian food recipes and my rice cooker.
  5. Frankly Basic Boutique in KC (The only place I shop. Easy peasy.)
  6. Anne of Green Gables- something I can watch with my girls that actually interests me too!


Emily Wilson

  1. My mom, dad, and three, doofus brothers who can consistently make my life more warm, fun, hysterical, and totally weird no matter how near or far I am.
  2. Laughter. It’s one of the happiest things in the whole world.
  3. Disney princesses. Happy, singing, heroic, lovely Disney princesses! Also Captain America who I wish I could marry.
  4. This is weird….but the way that light shines through the tree at sunset. I truly think it’s the most beautiful time of day. All of the gorgeous, little details we don’t see or take for granted in the things around us are highlighted. It’s just like a fairytale…except it’s 100% real and palpable!
  5. Supernatural, New Girl, and Doctor Who. The three best shows on the globe that take Netflix binge-watching to an intimate and epid level for me. Also, Netflix binge-watching would definitely be my sixth if I could have one. Hooray for fiction and stories and dynamic characters and impeccable plot development and TV! YAY!


Chloe Shearon

  1. MPC
  2. RUF
  3. Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  4. Knitting
  5. White Christmas (the movie, with Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby)


Shannon Johnston

  1. Living in my favorite city in the world
  2. Grub Hub/Seamless
  3. People who let me barrow their dogs, cats or babies for cuddling
  4. Uptown Community Church
  5. Coffee


Sam Basham

  1. The Kansas City Royals
  2. Frisbee Golf
  3. My Family
  4. Baseball
  5. Sporting Kansas City
  6. Parks And Recreation
  7. One Direction
  8. Hunting (editors note: mocking Tony)
  9. Hunting Deer (editors note: mocking Tony)
  10. Hunting Deer with a bow (editors note: mocking Tony)
  11. Iron Maiden
  12. Hot Rod
  13. The Hobbit
  14. Madea movies
  15. Card games


Mich Hotz

  1. Brothers and sisters in Christ
  2. Roommates
  3. Blankets (reeeaaally big ones)
  4. Intertuberwebernets (the information super highway)
  5. Applecider


Matt Wilson

  1. My MPC family & my family family
  2. God’s good and beautiful work of creation/nature and common grace to mankind
  3. All things Android and IKEA
  4. Radina’s Grasshopper Royale (minty, mocha, goodness with a shot of espresso for good measure)
  5. Sticky toffee pudding & vanilla bean ice cream


Scott Creecy

  1. Jesus, my ever faithful, sovereign, long suffering Saviour
  2. Being married to Carmen Creecy
  3. Getting to firsthand, and almost daily experience Jameson’s first year on the planet
  4. Lindor white chocolates
  5. Carmen’s green chile stew


Andrew Campbell

  1. A amazing, supportive, gorgeous wife
  2. The smell and taste of morning coffee
  3. Facetime, Google Chat, and Skype
  4. Books and always having something new to learn
  5. A really smooth red ale


Shari Felich

  1. Quiet moments in my day
  2. My stove…love to bake!
  3. Ability to work out
  4. Sweet things my kids say to me
  5. Going to the movies with my family


Samuel Kassing

  1. Being a newlywed.
  2. Genuine friendships that comfort and challenge me.
  3. My parents raising me in St. Louis.
  4. Cardinals Baseball.
  5. The ability to receive and education.


Christine Durrett

  1. Stitch Fix
  2. fish tacos from Taco Lucha
  3. finally breaking down and getting a snowblower= no shoveling this winter
  4. the gradual return of sleep to our lives after 7 years of baby boys who were terrible sleepers
  5. Laura

Carmen Creecy

  1. Jameson’s maniacal giggle when I forget to our up the gate and he is able to climb the stairs.
  2. Hitting the snooze button to snuggle my husband for a few stolen moments.
  3. Coming down in the morning to find that all the Christmas lights have been turned on.
  4. Fleece leggings.
  5. Heated seats in my car. A warm bottom is a happy bottom.

Lara Cooper

  1. Vanilla brown sugar coffee creamer that makes my coffee taste Fabulous!!!!
  2. Hallmark movies this time of year. They are so cheesy and end almost all the same but I get hooked in two minutes and almost always crying over the story line before the end.
  3. My family- Jared keeps me laughing and makes me always feel pretty, Landry challenges me to look at circumstances different and Sutton is our wildcard. She reminds me not to take life too seriously.
  4. I love me some chips and salsa and not so bad when you throw in queso and a margarita.
  5. Hunting deer season in Texas. Cool mornings, watching the sunrise or sunset, and the adrenaline rush when you see a big buck is like no other.
  6. My BFF Laura Hough- one of the greatest gifts I have is her friendship.
  7. Going swinging and Looking at stars. Not together necessarily but that could be fun too.


Emily Preston

  1. Coffee
  2. Warm, fuzzy blankets
  3. Lilly Pulitzer
  4. Cheerleading
  5. Prayer


Jon Dunning

  1. The chance to see Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at the Bottleneck in Lawrence. Didn’t know their music beforehand. Now love it, especially this, this, and this.
  2. The short stories of Flannery O’Connor. Fascinating and disturbing to read. Great to discuss.
  3. My wife. Forgive the cliche, but I can’t put into words my gratitude to God for his grace in her to me. Okay this one is before the others.
  4. The tactical fountain pen I just got for Christmas. The package says it can be used as a fountain pen, a ballpoint pen, and for self-defense (Nathan Currey can confirm this).
  5. Several conversations I’ve had in the last few weeks about books and theology. Stop acting like this surprises you.